We believe in a united effort in fulfilling the Mission of Colorado Early Colleges.
We believe in honoring and respecting the dignity of all people and seeing people as individuals. People have inherent value and purpose simply because they were born. We philosophically believe that all individuals are endowed with innate talents, aptitudes, and abilities unique to themselves that when developed lead to strengths that can serve them for the remainder of their lives.
“The answer is to go deeper than race, deeper than wealth, deeper than ethnic identity, deeper than gender. To teach ourselves to comprehend each person, not as a symbol of a group, but as a unique and special individual within a common context of shared humanity. To go to that fundamental place where we are all simply mortal creatures, seeking to create order, beauty, family, and connection to the world that on its own seems to bend too often towards randomness and entropy.”
Dr. Wyatt Tee Walker
CEC’s definition of DEI:
Diversity: Respecting the dignity of our diverse population.
Equity: Ensuring fair treatment, equality of opportunity to earn an associate degree or certificate, and fairness in accessing individual support to earn the associate degree or certificate.
Inclusion: Building a culture of belonging by honoring and respecting the dignity of all people.
We believe that students are our first responsibility. Preparing and maintaining a space for students to thrive in education will continue to require thought and rethought. The classroom is not a place to indoctrinate students with personal beliefs or opinions of the instructor. However, the classroom is a place to foster critical thinking, the exploration of principles around challenging content, problem solving, and the freedom of thought in students by professional, unbiased instructors. The educational focus will always remain on the student’s discovery of passion for their chosen career while developing character and a growth mindset. We model and value teaching character strengths such as kindness, responsibility, work ethic, and perseverance that are essential to a student’s future success in all areas of life.
We believe in parental choice and that we are here to serve families. As we strive to build upon connections with our families, we leave the job of parenting to our parents. They are responsible for imparting moral values taught in their homes, including practiced political, religious, and social viewpoints. We trust that they know what is best for their student as the student grows and develops into an adult.
We believe in the sense of belonging, and in cultural humility and curiosity. We understand the importance, welcome the history, and value the contributions of ethnic groups represented in our schools. CEC endorses clubs that reinforce the academic curriculum in classrooms and do not endorse clubs centered on politics, religion, or social issues which can cause division in our school culture. It is our hope to leverage the power of dignity so our students and staff will become the most empowered, compassionate humans they can be. The CEC community will thrive when they feel that they are treated well and are valued.